Friday, December 8, 2017

Comfy Winter Boutique Blog Tour

Who thought I'd sew myself socks?!
I've been wanting to try out some of the sock patterns from The Wolf and Tree before so when the opportunity to do a blog tour came up, I knew I wanted to join.
I chose to sew up the Ladies Knock-Out Socks.

They're the perfect length for wearing in boots and they're great for when you want to keep your legs warm in the cold winters here! 
I chose to upcycle a turtleneck sweater I found at the thrift shop--I love a good upcycle. 
The neck part of the sweater became the optional heels and the rest is made of the body with a small part used from the sleeves for the bands.

When I saw the sweater, I knew that some of my vintage lace would be a perfect match to add that special touch. Who doesn't love a bit of lace peeking out over the top of boots?
The pattern has an optional top of toe seam as well as at the end of the toes, so I chose the top of the toe seam. 
I did have to slim the toe and front of foot part down a little from the pattern but otherwise, there are no modifications made. 
I do think with my fabric choice that I'd put elastic in the band next time or make the bands tighter. This fabric has a lot of stretch so they do start coming down after a bit of wear. If they were made with a fabric with better recovery they'd stay up better. 

Overall, I'm quite happy with the pattern and the socks. 
With the option of 2 way or 4 way stretch there are so many fabrics you can use.
Plus, there are a lot of options on how to finish the top to make them fit your style. 

All patterns in the shop are on sale until the end of the blog tour, so be sure to stock up on all the $5 and under patterns! 

The Wolf and the Tree Comfy Winter Boutique Blog Tour
Stitched by Jennie 
Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
Rikipedia Wear
The Wolf and Tree

The Sewing Scientist
Elli and Nels in Stitches

Kate Will Knit
Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Fabulous Home Sewn

Rebel and Malice
Blooming Skies

Lulu and Celeste

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Blog Tour

I am not a winter person.
At all.
Up here in Alberta the weather gets cold. And it is a long winter often starting in October and ending with a final burst of snowfall or frost on the May long weekend. We don't plant gardens until after the May long weekend for that reason, though the weather can be decent for two months before that weekend.
But, I do love the coziness of having Christmas decorations up and all the yummy baking.
Add in cozy blankets, warm drinks, books, and friends and I'm all set.
It is a 'gezellig' time of year!

When I finally decided on how I wanted to sew up the Nancy Raglan from 5 Out Of 4, I decided to add long sleeves to combat the cold. 

I color blocked the sleeves to give a bit of a layered look and then tied the black back in with the neckband. 
The sleeves are the extra long length so I can warm up my hands as well. 

 The raglan is sewn up as the tunic length because I love long shirts. 

One of our traditions is to fry Oliebollen for New Years! 
It is a Dutch treat that I grew up with--I remember helping my mom fry Oliebollen in the shop every year. Our neighbours would come over and we'd have pails of batter to fry.
They were always the best straight out of the fryer after they cooled enough to bite into. 
But, they're delicious for days after with a bit of icing sugar sprinkled over them or a pile to dip them in as you eat it. 
You can even freeze them and reheat them in the microwave. 
This is the recipe I've started to use--it's not the same as my mom's as she used the boxes from the Dutch store...
I like the ease of that but I don't get out to the Dutch store often enough. 
So I searched and searched and finally found a recipe which I've tweaked a little and translated. 

  • 150 gr. Currants
  • 200 gr. Raisins
  • 200 gr. Apples cut into small chunks
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice (or juice from 2 lemons) 
  • 80 gr. butter, softened
  • 1 litre milk, scalded and cooled to luke-warm

  • 1 kg flour
  • 80 gr. yeast (about 8 tsp)
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Icing sugar for dipping! 
  1. Soak raisins and currants in hot water for a couple of hours. 
  2. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the apple chunks to keep them from turning brown. 
  3. Place raisins, currants, and apples in a bowl. 
  4. Let the yeast 'soften' in the warm milk.
  5. Put the flour in a large bowl (it will need to have room to rise!) and make a dip in the middle. 
  6. Add the eggs and the butter. Mix well. 
  7. Add the sugar. 
  8. Now, slowly add the milk/yeast mixture, stirring as you add.
  9. Make sure there are no clumps in the dough. None. 
  10. Add the raisin/currant/apple mixture.
  11. Now, add just a dash of lemon juice. Mix.
  12. Add the salt and mix again. 
  13. Let it rise in a warm place with a tea towel covering it until it is risen 1/3 or so--about 45 minutes.  
  14. Now, comes the fun part! Deep frying them. Heat the oil in your deep fryer and take a scoop (about an ice cream scoop at a time) of the dough and drop it in the oil. Fry and flip halfway through until it is a nice golden brown color. 
  15. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place them in a paper towel-lined bowl. 
  16. To serve, serve warm with icing sugar to dip or sprinkled over. Delicious! 

(Recipe is modified and translated from this Dutch recipe!) 

Giveaway *CLOSED*
For a chance to win a pattern of choice from 5 Out Of 4, leave a comment letting me know your favourite holiday tradition! 
**Please leave an email address to contact in case you win!** 
***WINNER: CarrieAnn13***

Be sure to stop by the other stops on the tour to see what they sewed up out of 5 Out Of 4 patterns and for more favourite recipes, and giveaways!

Blog Tour Schedule
December 3 - Pattern Revolution
December 7 - Turtle Birdies